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Bob Marley & The Wailers: “Stir It Up”, Live (1979)

During my radio interview on WPR’s Central Time yesterday, we discussed a lot of legendary bass lines (not enough, but the segment was only about 20 minutes long.)

One of the bass lines discussed was the one on Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up”. I couldn’t get it out of my head after the segment. So I’m paying that forward with this 1979 performance of the tune by Bob Marley and the Wailers, anchored by Aston “Family Man” Barrett. This particular concert was part of the group’s Survival Tour, and was released on video.

One of my favorite comments on the show yesterday came from co-host Veronica Rueckert, who said this after hearing the clip of this tune:

“You could still have that song I think if you didn’t have anything else but the voice and the bass.”

Legend.